Supreme Court announces further budget cuts, clerk of court restricted hours

The Iowa Supreme Court released news of layoffs and reductions in clerk of court office hours in response to budget reductions November 12.   The court’s Supervisory Order can be viewed here  and here is the press release regarding the same.

Pursuant to the Supervisory Order, the Linn County Clerk of Court’s Office as well as Clerk of Court offices in the other counties in the 6th Judicial District  shall be closed to the public each Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the near future.   A subsequent Supervisory Order announcing the commencement date of the new hours will be released.

Supreme Court announces ten state court office closure days from December to June

The Iowa Supreme Court has ordered that all court offices will be closed  during  ten days  from December 4, 2009 to June 18, 2010.   Court staff will be taking unpaid leave on those days.   The closure days are:

·                 Friday, December 4

·                 Thursday, December 24

·                 Thursday, December 31

·                 Friday, January 15

·                 Monday, February 15

·                 Friday, March 12

·                 Friday, March 26  

·                 Friday, April 2

·                 Friday, May 28

·                 Friday, June 18

Click   here for the court’s press release regarding the court closures and unpaid leave announcement.
Click here for the court’s Supervisory Order.

 

An announcement from the Court Administrator’s Office

**SEE UPDATE HERE**

Following the retirement of Jane Sweaney, the Court Administrator’s Office  is adopting the following contact list.   This contat list is in effect beginning October 19, 2009:

— Any matters regarding Benton, Iowa, Jones or Tama County should be referred to Marge Morgan at (319) 398-3920 Ext 1106 or marge.morgan@iowacourts.gov.
Any Linn County Family Law and other miscellaneous Linn County matters should be referred to Dee Gross at (319) 398-3920 Ext 1105 or deanna.gross@iowacourts.gov
Any Linn County felony matters should be referred to  Peggy Huelsenbeck at (319) 398-3920 Ext 1101 or peggy.huelsenbeck@iowacourt.gov

6th Judicial District to only mail attorneys once per week

Sixth Judicial District Court Administrator Carroll Edmondson has announced that as part of the court’s budget cutting measures, the court is going  to start  sending attorneys mail only once a week.    He advises that since all attorneys in the district have a folder for their mail where they can pick up their mail at the courthouse, the clerk will be mailing uncollected mail only on Fridays of each week. If the court is closed on Friday, it will mail out on Thursday.   Edmondson encourages attorneys to pick up their mail at the courthouse at least every other day to ensure they do not miss deadlines for court events.
 

 

Middle School Mock Trial judges still needed

 

Judges are still needed for the annual Middle School Mock Trial competition set for Saturday, October 31 at Kirkwood Community College.   Lawyers from Linn County have traditionally volunteered time to serve as judges for this event.    

Sessions usually begin in the early morning, mid-morning and early afternoon.   General information about the program is available on the Iowa Bar website using the following URL:

http://www.iowabar.org/Mocktrial.nsf/c1dc78d745edf5998625687f001cd472/a7cdb74735d7776286256e2800141171!OpenDocument

If you are able to assist, please email your interest to mike.moran@janda.com  and he will correspond with the day‘s specific needs.

Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

 

 

Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure re Civil Subpoenas Revised

Please see the below message that Sharon Modracek, Clerk  of Court for Linn and Jones Counties,  requested be sent  to members of the LCBA.   The message  is about  revisions to the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure regarding civil subpoenas.

Good Afternoon to all

The Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure 1.1701 and 1.715 regarding subpoenas have been revised by the Supreme Court.   The 3 attached sample forms were sent to the clerks by Betty Buitenwerf, legal counsel for the State Court Administrator, and include the information required by the revised rules.
The subpoenas are only for civil cases, not criminal.   They may be signed by the attorney issuing the subpoena or the the clerk.   If you wish to issue and sign your own subpoenas, you may use the attached forms.   These forms (in pdf format) and the revised rules are also available on the Judicial Branch website.   Although the rules do not make these particular forms mandatory, forms in a different format must include the required information.     If you prefer to have subpoenas signed by the clerk, they are available in our office.   The revised rules were effective on October 9, 2009.

Subpoena to Produce Books, Documents, Electroncially Stored Information or Tangible Things or Permit Inspection of Premises

Subpoena to Appear and Testify at Hearing or Trial

Subpoena to Appear and Testify at Deposition or to Produce Documents

Next bar meeting Thurs., Oct. 15 at CR Art Museum


The  Linn County Bar Association  meeting will be held Thursday, October 15, 2009, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, located on Third Avenue SE across from Greene Square Park.   The meeting room is located on the third floor. Parking is available behind the building on the Second Avenue side.  

 

The speakers will be members of the Iowa State Bar Association’s Task Force for the Enhanced Delivery of Legal Services Throughout Iowa.   The Task Force has been charged with examining more effective methods for the delivery of court services to the residents of Iowa.   It was formed to enable the ISBA membership to have a positive impact on changes, which may need to take place as a result of the judicial budget crisis.     As part of this effort, the Task Force will be providing information and inviting dialogue and feedback on the potential reforms at the meeting.

 

 The task force has issued an interim report of potential reforms for discussion based on the results of the survey in August and the results of meetings held by the five committees assigned to study different areas of the judicial process. You can download the report at: http://www.iowabar.org/TaskForce.nsf/0/59ea1f89bb4b65228625763c0065b549/$FILE/Task%20Force%20for%20the%20Enhanced%20Delivery%20Interim%20Report.pdf


Also,  the LCBA will be offering the chance for those in attendance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!  

Lunch is $7 and will be catered by Kristeena‘s.


RSVP‘s are required only if you plan to attend.   If you are planning to attend, please reply to this email by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2009.   If your plans subsequently change, and you are no longer able to attend, please let me know via e-mail at
risbell@lynchdallas.com or by calling 365-9101, ext. 119.

 

If you have recently changed your e-mail address, or you know of an LCBA member whose e-mail address has changed, please notify me so that we may keep our e-mail list as accurate as possible.

 

REMEMBER: your RSVP‘s are very important!   Thank you so much for your assistance in helping to provide an accurate attendance count for the caterers.

Middle school mock trial competition judges sought

 

The annual Middle School Mock Trial competition is set for Saturday, October 31 at Kirkwood Community College.   Lawyers from Linn County have traditionally volunteered time to serve as judges for this event.

 

Sessions usually begin in the early morning, mid-morning and early afternoon.   General information about the program is available on the Iowa Bar website using the following URL:

http://www.iowabar.org/Mocktrial.nsf/c1dc78d745edf5998625687f001cd472/a7cdb74735d7776286256e2800141171!OpenDocument

 

If you are able to assist, please email your interest to mike.moran@janda.com  and he will correspond with the day‘s specific needs.

 

Your consideration is greatly appreciated.